Breaking News! My office is reopening, effective hours before the memo came out on Monday afternoon. I haven't commuted there for work, since February of 2020. I have been there three times in 15 1/2 months, for 2 or 3 hours to pick and drop off things. We were expecting a gradual, capacity limited return with lots of new rules reopening, and there are new rules, 14 pages of them. What we got was, if you are fully vaccinated, carry on as you were. But, take your computer home each night just in case we go back into lock-down.
I will go in one day this week, I need a day to clean up the desk, make sure the technology is working, then next week I will start back probably three days a week. I have been struggling a bit with work life balance, it is all too easy to work early, all day, and then check in with the office before going to bed, when the office and the bedroom are the same space. I am looking forward to going back - but I noticed I didn't run to the office the first day it was possible. I think the ideal balance for me will be two days a week telecommuting, three days in the office. Writing and editing is easier to do at home, producing online training is easier to do in the office.
And we are free to resume business travel. For the first time in 15 months I have pending airline reservations. I have been trying to get permission to book travel for a conference in October for weeks. Suddenly it is on for real.
So the report, I went to the office on Wednesday. I woke up early and couldn't get back to sleep, so I went down to the swamp for my daily walk, came home, showered, dressed - in a starched shirt and real pants (trousers.) I walked to the station, missed the train and had to wait 12 minutes. Arrived at the office in little over an hour. There were a few IT issues, mostly resolved, and I had a long and productive day. There are about 250 people in the DC office, there were 6 or 7 of us there today. It felt somewhat normal. The day before I was having second thoughts, and then I read the news report of the Delta airlines pilot who left a note in a plane parked in storage back in March of 2020 that read, if you are reading this we must be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, I needed to go for the light. It was good.